2020 North Dakota elections

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North Dakota will hold two statewide elections in 2020: a primary election on Tuesday, June 9, and a general election on Tuesday, November 3. In addition, each township will elect officers on Tuesday, March 17, and each school district will hold their elections on a date of their choosing between April 1 and June 30.[1]

Primary Election[edit]

On Tuesday, June 9, North Dakota voters will select which candidates for statewide and legislative office will appear on the November ballot. Because North Dakota does not have party registration, any eligible voter may vote in any one party's primary election. In addition, any number of constitutional amendments, initiated measures, or referred measures may be placed on the ballot by petition or legislative action.[1]

The State of North Dakota does not provide for a presidential primary, but the Democratic–NPL Party will hold a firehouse caucus on March 10, 2020, to select delegates to the Democratic National Convention. As of June 13, 2019, the Republican Party has yet to announce plans for selecting delegates to the Republican National Convention.[2]

General Election[edit]

On Tuesday, November 3, concurrent with other statewide elections across the United States, North Dakota voters will select three electors to the United States Electoral College to elect the President of the United States, one United States Representative to represent North Dakota's at-large congressional district, their Governor (alongside Lieutenant Governor), and a number of other statewide executive and judicial officials. Voters who live in even-numbered legislative districts will also select their representatives to the North Dakota House of Representatives and North Dakota Senate. Finally, voters may face any number of constitutional amendments, initiated measures, or referred measures placed on the ballot by petition.[1]

United States President[edit]

North Dakota voters will select a presidential candidate on their ballots; the candidate with the most votes will send their preselected electors to represent North Dakota in the Electoral College. The state of North Dakota has three electoral votes in the Electoral College, and so will send three electors.[3]

United States Representative[edit]

As of May 2019, Freshman incumbent Republican Kelly Armstrong has yet to announce whether he will run for re-election.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor[edit]

As of May 2019, Republican incumbent Governor Doug Burgum and Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford, both of whom are serving their first term in statewide elected office, have yet to announce whether they will seek a second term as a governing team.

Other statewide races[edit]

All North Dakota voters will face partisan races for State Auditor, State Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner and one of three Public Service Commissioners; they will also face nonpartisan races for Superintendent of Public Instruction and one of ten Justices of the Supreme Court.

State legislative races[edit]

24 seats in the North Dakota Senate and 48 seats in the North Dakota House of Representatives are up for election. Voters in all even-numbered districts will see those races on their ballots.


Voters will face any number of constitutional measures and statutes initiated or referred to the ballot by petition.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "North Dakota Election Laws" (PDF). North Dakota Secretary of State. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  2. ^ Putnam, Josh (January 18, 2019). "The 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar". Frontloading HQ. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "Distribution of Electoral Votes". National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved January 3, 2019.

External links[edit]

Vote.ND.gov, the official North Dakota Secretary of State election information portal